Along For The Ride
Johanna Lerwick Wildlife & Nature Artist
12 x 18 inches (L x W)
I travel to the Adirondacks every year and love to listen to the loons eerie call echo across the lakes. For this oil painting, “Along For The Ride – Loon With Baby”, I wanted a serene feeling with warm colors and still water as a chick rides on the parents back slightly tucked under a wing, just gliding along.
Loons are not a very social waterbird and most of the time you see them far from the shores of the lakes, although I have been fortunate to see loons closer to the shore line to observe and photograph. Since loons need 30 yards or more in order to take off in flight they sometimes get stranded on a pond that is too small. Chicks can swim and dive within two the three days and withing the first seven to ten days can be seen riding along on their parents back.